David Chang, Padma Lakshmi React to ‘Top Chef Masters’ Winner Floyd Cardoz’s Death From Coronavirus

by Jeremy Spirogis
Floyd Cardoz

Chef Floyd Cardoz has died on account of issues from the coronavirus. The Top Chef Masters winner was 59. 

Cardoz was admitted to a hospital in New Jersey on March 18 with a fever, People reviews. He’d not too long ago traveled to his native India, the place he was filming an episode of Ugly Delicious with comic Aziz Ansari. Sometime after returning to New York by way of Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8, he started to really feel unwell. 

“I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York,” Cardoz wrote in his final Instagram post, printed March 17. 

‘Top Chef’ group, movie star cooks react to Floyd Cardoz’s dying

Floyd Cardoz
Chef Floyd Cardoz | Kris Connor/Getty Images for NYCWFF

News of Cardoz’s dying was adopted by an outpouring of social media posts from those that knew him.  

“So sad to hear that you are gone Floyd,” commented chef, cookbook writer, and Top Chef visitor choose Rocco DiSpirito on Cardoz’s last social media post. “You’ve been a prince since we met … Praying for your family. RIP to one of the best of us.”

“I cannot believe you are gone…I just can’t. World without you is just not right,” wrote chef and Ugly Delicious host David Chang. 

“Rest In Peace Floyd…loved by so many for so many reasons … xoxo,” commented Michael Symon, former host of ABC’s The Chew. 

Padma Lakshmi says Cardoz ‘made us all so proud’ 

Cardoz was a flexible chef who made his mark within the culinary world with Tabla, a New York restaurant that introduced Indian delicacies into New York’s high-quality eating world, famous Eater. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi reminisced about that restaurant and famous that his dying “is a huge loss not only for the professional food world but for Indians everywhere.” 

“@floydcardoz made us all so proud,” she tweeted. “Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed Tabla always was. He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch.”

Cardoz gained ‘Top Chef Masters’ in 2011

Cardoz was born in Mumbai (then Bombay) and skilled as a chef in his hometown and in Switzerland, in response to NPR. He moved to New York and opened Tabla with associate Danny Meyer in 1998. (It closed in 2010.)  

After his success at Table, Cardoz went on to open different eating places in New York in addition to The Bombay Canteen and Bombay Sweet Shop in Mumbai. He took high honors on Top Chef Masters in 2011. 

“Love you so much @floydcardoz,” Meyer tweeted early on the morning of March 25. 

“Bravo and the Top Chef household are deeply saddened by the passing of Chef Floyd Cardoz. Floyd was a proficient chef who competed and gained Top Chef Masters,” a consultant for the community mentioned in a press release to People. “He was thoughtful, kind and his smile illuminated a room. He was an inspiration to chefs around the world and we offer our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.”

Cardoz is survived by his spouse, Barkha, their two sons Peter and Justin, and his mom, Beryl.

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